April Fool’s Day has been trending as the number one topic for most of today on Twitter in the UK … honest!
Hoaxes abounded all day on the British Isles, and, not surprisingly, some were connected to the royal wedding.
In fact, The Guardian perpetrated one of its own pranks, announcing the launch of a “Royal Wedding Live” blog in which they reported that the wedding had been called off.
An hour or so later, they posted an entry that stated: “Well, this is rather awkward. It seems we’re going to have to interrupt the live blog, perhaps indefinitely. We’ve received a communication from Buckingham Palace suggesting that some of the contents of this blog could contravene the Treason Felony Act of 1848.”
But in the meantime, the blog had already told Britain about an attack on the Legoland model of the royal wedding, and, at 10:37 a.m., ran a headline proclaiming, “First Pictures of Legoland Atrocity Emerge.” Earlier in the day, the blog had also broken the bombshell that French president Nicolas Sarkozy “is using diplomatic back-channels to try to seize control of royal wedding preparations.”
BMW also offered a royal wedding related joke. The car company announced that it was offering a special Royal Edition of its M3 coupe in Regal Red, Bridal White and Imperial Blue in a limited edition for one month only. “This clever little prank,” wrote The Telegraph, “is quite easy to fall for after seeing some of the quirky Royal Wedding memorabilia which has surfaced in the run up to the April event.” One clue that it was a joke: the ad advises people who want more information to contact “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
In a non-royal related prank, IGN unveiled a Harry Potter TV spinoff series called The Aurors. “The Harry Potter books and movies have ended, but the epic battle against dark magic rages on,” IGN promised (falsely), while urging fans to see the “official” trailer for the show:
And here’s what some Britons tweeted:
PumphreysMaths: Half of my class fell for this #Aprilfoolsday starter: http://www.transum.org/Software/SW/Starter_of_the_day/starter_April1.asp
whiteywitters: Happy April Fool’s Day or as it’s now known “Nick Clegg Day.” He fooled us good last year when he said he wouldn’t raise tuition fees…